After skipping March predication due to being busy with a newborn, I’m back this month with what picks I think April will bring. Honestly, I’m pretty excited for Book of the Month boxes moving forward. While I love the idea of main picks every month, I’m excited to see what else they start to offer now that they’re no longer limited to just five main picks.
Recap, in case you didn’t hear, Book of the Month is no longer limiting their main picks to five books every month. While they haven’t given members a new ‘set’ number of books to be main picks every month, we can most likely count on 7-8 main picks moving forward. In addition, we have been seeing way more add-ons from BOTM every month as well. We can be pretty certain that in addition to more Main Picks, we’ll continue to see at least 5 add-ons every month. This is great news for picky readers, as it provides a slew of additional options to choose from every month. On the other hand it’s terrible for readers that already have a hard time deciding what to pick, and for those of us (myself included) with zero will power when it comes to only picking one book.
Personally, I’m hoping more picks means more from debut authors and potentially more fantasy options. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that it means BOTM will offer entire series as they come out instead of only the first book. Only time will tell.
Whether or not my predictions are actually picks, only time will tell. Even if they are not, all or most of these are on my April Most Anticipated New Releases list and my Spring 2022 Most Anticipated List.
When the picks are announced and you find you have space in your box still, make sure to also check out my most recent version of BOTM Add-On recommendations HERE, because who couldn’t use even more books!
Keep in mind that these are simply predictions and books I hope get chosen. I could get these completely wrong but the anticipation and guessing is part of the fun right?!
Mystery & Thriller
I wasn’t sure whether to Put When We Fell Apart under Contemporary or list it as a Mystery. But since it’s being compared to Celeste Ng (a previous BOTM author), I decided on Mystery for now. The novel is described as “upmarket reading-group fiction with a central mystery at its heart”. It’s also a debut! On the other hand The Wild Girls is being said to be for Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley fans. Since both have been previous BOTM authors, I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being a main pick.
An Honest Lie is from Tarryn Fisher. Her book The Wives was a previous BOTM pick so it would make sense that we might see her upcoming release as a pick. Most likely this won’t be a main pick but you never know.
Sarah Pinborough is another repeat BOTM author with a new book hitting shelves in April. I don’t think Insomnia will be a main pick but could be another add-on potentially.
Literary & Contemporary Fiction
Said to be for readers who enjoy Tommy Orange’s writing, Probably Ruby is a debut of a women searching for her place in life. It also dives into family, race, and a bit of history. Those three things plus it being Bird-Wilson’s debut into the Fiction world, make it a prime candidate for a main pick.
Another potential pick could be fellow debut author Collen Hubbard’s Housebreaking. This debut follows one women’s journey to restart her life. I have a ARC of this one and hoping to get to it soon. Another debut I have a copy of already is, The Patron Saint of Second Changes . It’s on the lighter side and filled with humor. I should have a review for it up soon.
Marrying the Ketchups gives me We are the Brennans vibes. BOTM also tends to feature quite a few family sagas and dramas, and this one is right up that alley. I also have an copy of this one already, and hoping to read it soon, check back for a review later this month.
I have not heard a ton about At Least You Have Your Health but it sounds great to me. It also seems to be a timely narrative on women’s reproductive rights which could make it an appealing BOTM pick.
One of my most anticipated April releases is The Good Left Undone. while one of the timelines is during World War II, it seems very different from traditional WWII stories. This epic story seems magical and I think it fits right in with other BOTM picks.
I adored Lessons in Chemistry and I seriously hope it’s a main pick for April. This debut is quirky, filled with dry humor, and extremely original. Even if it’s not a pick, I highly recommend picking up a copy.
I adore quirky stories that fall into the magical realism category. Unlikely Animals is exactly what I look for when I want something unique and feels like a good fit for BOTM. Kaikeyi on the other hand is said to be for fans of Circe which was a previous BOTM pick. Because of this I feel we might see it as a pick for April.
Maybe this is because we just watched the HBO series Chernobyl but I need to read Atomic Anna. Not sure it’ll be a pick but I’m still going to grab a copy.
Four Aunties and a Wedding is the second in the Aunties series by Jesse Q. Sutanto. With more picks being offered each month, *Correction, Dial A for Aunties was not a BOTM choice last year.* I could see BOTM deciding to offer the second book since Dial A for Aunties was a BOTM pick last year. I was lucky to get a copy of Four Aunties and a Wedding and while I didn’t like it as much as the first book, it’s still hilarious and a fun read.
Though Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell is a March release, I still think it’d be a great BOTM pick since it’s a debut that sounds super cute! My other hopeful for April is repeat BOTM author Emily Henry’s newest release Book Lovers.
Lastly, with the new season coming out on Netflix, it’s possible we’ll see another Bridgerton as an add-on. BOTM is starting to feature older releases that are coming to screens recently, which again makes me think we’ll this one as an option.
I’m a huge true crime junkie, so Unmasked sounds exactly like something I would read. It’s more a memoir from the detective who found the Golden State Killer, but still sounds interesting.
We’ve also been seeing a few memoirs from celebrities being featured so I wouldn’t be surprised if Viola Davis’ upcoming memoir, Finding Me, is an add-on in April.
I hope you found a book that you are truly excited about in this post. Let me know which other new releases you are excited for this month or that you’re hoping are BOTM picks, by commenting below or by messaging me on Instagram @speakingof_books. Don’t forget to follow me to get weekly updates and new reviews!
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